Italy News

High Tide Floods Venice as Dike-On-Demand Wasn’t Activated

High tides flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice on Tuesday, propelled by winds that were stronger than predicted, and an experimental system of inflatable barriers wasn’t activated to prevent water from invading the lagoon city. The system, while still in …

Floods in France, Italy Swept Bodies Out of Cemeteries

BREIL-SUR-ROYA, France — The grim job of searching for flood victims in Alpine villages and on the nearby French and Italian coasts has grown even more gruesome: Along with storm casualties, authorities say corpses from cemeteries have also been found …

Flood-Weary Venice Puts ‘Moses’ Inflatable Barriers to Test

ROME — Venice has conducted a trial run of an ambitious anti-flood system of 78 inflatable barriers in hopes of protecting the lagoon city from devastating high tides. Premier Giuseppe Conte on Friday at a ceremony in Venice pressed a …

Wall in Pompeii Collapses After Heavy Rain

Top Italian culture officials are calling for swift action to save Pompeii, the ancient Roman city encased in volcanic ash, from further ruin after heavy rains reportedly caused part of a wall to collapse. Giancarlo Galan, the head of a …

7 Killed in Chinese-Run Factory in Italy

A fire early Sunday swept through an illegal, makeshift dormitory in a Chinese-run garment factory in Tuscany, killing seven, firefighters said. The blaze, which partially collapsed the factory’s roof, broke out in a loft where 11 people were sleeping, said …

Italy Gives OK to Right Capsized Costa Concordia

Italy has given the go-ahead for an ambitious attempt to set upright the Costa Concordia cruise liner, which went aground near an Italian island in 2012, killing 32 people. The national Civil Protection agency said Friday the operation will be …

Cameras in Planes Show Italy Thieves

Italian police have arrested 29 airport baggage handlers accused of stealing cameras, cellphones and other loot from passengers’ luggage, a bust made possible after hidden cameras were installed in airplane cargo holds where the thefts occurred. Italian national carrier Alitalia …

Bandits Rob Millions in Italian Highway Heist

Bandits armed with Kalashnikovs stole an estimated (euro) 2 million ($2.6 million) Monday by setting a big-rig truck on fire to block a highway in northern Italy and then blowing open an armored truck, a company official said. No one …

4 Convicted in Italy for Dorm Collapse in Quake

A court in L’Aquila, Italy, has convicted four people in the collapse of a university dormitory during the 2009 earthquake in that Apennine mountain town. Eight students died in the collapse during the powerful quake, which struck in the pre-dawn …

Captain of Wrecked Costa Ship Contests Firing

The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia has returned to court to contest his firing, and says he’ll “certainly” take command of a ship again. Francesco Schettino is challenging Costa Crociere SpA’s decision to fire him after the Concordia ran …